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Beloit residents searching for solution to recent violence

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BELOIT (WKOW)-- A rash of violence in Beloit has the community concerned. So Friday, the group Community Action, a non-profit that works to combat poverty in the area, held a town hall for residents and city leaders.

Ike Lee Jr. left Chicago and moved to Beloit to escape violence. He says the recent string of homicides and gunfire in the city, is an all too familiar scene and he wants to do something to stop it. Beloit’s had four homicides and multiple reports of shots fired across the city in just the last month.

“You don't expect it, it's not common down here,” Ike said. “Everybody enjoys each other and now that it hit so fast and so hard and so consistent, it's been really shaking and scary.”

So Ike joined with others in the community to discuss ways to end the violence.

Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs, also attended and says residents will notice more police patrolling areas, like Kruger park where shots were fired near a high school softball game. He also says the department identified what they call hot spots and extra city and county patrols will focus on those areas.

“Those hot spots include locations, times and persons that we're looking for,” Chief Jacobs said. “And we're going to put as much pressure as we can on friends and relatives of the persons of interest that we're looking for. We need to get information about these violent incidents from the people associated with the persons pulling the trigger.”

In all three of the recent shooting deaths, police are still searching for suspects. The chief says the department needs community help- that’s why Friday night’s town hall is an encouraging step.

“We need the good folks here to go back in to their neighborhoods and communities and try to convince people in those neighborhoods who know who's pulling the trigger, to contact the police,” Chief Jacobs said.

Ike says this is a good first step.

“This is an excellent start because it starts with the people in the community that live there, they gotta come support each other,” Ike said. “It's our people that's dying, it's our community.”

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